New Haven police make arrest in weekend stabbing

Michael Graham (Photo: New Haven Police)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing that sent a woman to the hospital.

Officers were dispatched to Yale-New Haven Hospital on Saturday evening regarding an assault. 49-year-old Cassandra Harrison was receiving treatment for a stab wound to her left breast. Her lung had also been punctured.

Harrison told police that the previous night, she intervened in a fight between two men on the corner of Frank and Eddy Streets. The two had been fighting over a girl. Harrison claimed one of the men stuck her with a knife.

Harrison told investigators she then went home and slept through the night before deciding to receive treatment at the hospital.

During her second interview with police, Harrison changed her story. Police say she later admitted that she had actually been stabbed by her boyfriend, 52-year-old Michael Graham.

Investigators say Graham explained that he and Harrison had been drinking and using crack cocaine when they began to argue about their relationship and drugs. Graham claims the argument escalated and he picked up a knife and stabbed Harrison in the chest. Graham told police he had been aiming for the area next to Harrison, but missed.

Graham was arrested and faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment, and unlawful restraint.